Squash Confirmed As 'Showcase Sport' For 2018
Youth Olympic Games
Squash has been confirmed as a showcase sport for the Buenos Aires
2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games - due to be held between October
6-18, 2018 - following the fourth International Olympic Committee
(IOC) Coordination Commission visit to the Argentinian capital.
Following on from the IOC's "Sports Lab" concept which was launched
at Nanjing 2014 and saw skateboarding and sport climbing feature -
sports which have since been added to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
programme - the inclusion of squash in Buenos Aires 2018 could have
a huge impact on squash’s aspirations to join the Summer Olympic
Buenos Aires 2018 will mark the first time ever that squash will
appear on an Olympic programme.
"We are delighted that squash will feature as part of the 2018 Youth
Olympic Games in what is a hugely positive development for the
growth of squash worldwide," said Professional Squash Association (PSA)
CEO Alex Gough.
"The opportunity to expose the sport on a worldwide stage, while at
the same time introducing squash to an entirely new generation of
athlete, in very exciting for us and everyone involved in the game
and we welcome the opportunity for our young athletes to compete at
Buenos Aires 2018.
"With a focus on development the Youth Olympics is also very much a
testing ground for the Olympic Movement and we welcome the
opportunity to showcase our sport in this setting and display both
the adaptability and uniqueness of the all-glass squash showcourt
and the skills and athleticism of our players."
Commenting on the news, World Squash Federation president Jacque
Fontaine said: “To be added to the Youth Olympic Games for 2018 is a
great moment for squash and a step in the right direction towards
our ultimate aim of Olympic Games inclusion.
"The Youth Games displays the very best in rising sporting talent as
well as the very best in youth sports. We believe we have one of the
most unique sporting products in the world and some of the most
compelling athletes in the world; and we look forward to working
closely with the host in the build up to Buenos Aires 2018 to ensure
we make the most of the opportunity.”